Monkey Cave Espresso
This tiny little spot is simple, but hits the spot. Come here for a strong and tasty coffee — many will argue that Monkey Cave Espresso serves the best coffee in town. Located just a few minutes walking distance from Monkey Forest, this is the perfect place to get your morning pick-me-up, munch on some superb food (it’s a small food menu with a few breakfast and sandwich options) and
people monkey watch while relaxing in their open-air seating area.
Upon entering Clear Cafe, I was greeted by a posh, airy atmosphere that was surely out of my backpacker budget. I backtracked a bit, back through the intricately-carved swivel door to check out the menu and was delighted to find that prices weren’t just reasonable, but cheaper than many places I had previously dined at. Clear Cafe serves breakfast, lunch, dinner and some exquisite looking desserts as well.
Be sure to try one of their famous smoothies, as all ingredients are fresh and locally sourced (strawberries from the fields of Bedugul, mangos from in Singaraja, seaweed bought fresh every day at 5 a.m. off the docks of Kedonganan). Their modern menu has a mix of western, Indonesian, Mexican, Middle Eastern, Thai and Indian cuisine to choose from, with plenty of vegetarian, vegan, and nut-free options and alternatives. Enjoy your meal next to the koi pond while listening to the fountains and soft jazz music.
Gangga Coffee was founded on the principles of fair trade and sustainability. Located a little bit outside the main hustle and bustle of Ubud, Gangga Coffee is a cool and quiet cafe, ideal for those who want to get a bit of work done on their laptops or indulge in some reading. The staff here are passionate about coffee and can give you the lowdown on the different types of beans and their origins.
Lazy Cats Cafe
This cozy spot is what cafe dreams are made of. Not only is Lazy Cats the perfect place to indulge in some good food and drinks, but this place literally encourages you to take a step back and find stillness with its chill vibes, open terrace, and wall quotes and merch that all promote the beauty of laziness. Kick back on one of their mismatched sofas and admire the funky decor. The perfectly Instagrammable Lazy Cats cafe is sure to be a go-to for the most laidback and serene of travelers.
Café du Monyet
If you’re looking for a taste of France while in Ubud, Café du Monyet has your back. This impossibly quaint cafe has all the charm and finesse to temporarily transport you to Europe. Café du Monyet still has a touch of Ubud, however, with its rice paddy views. The food options are plentiful with mostly western options (sandwiches, salads, and other various mains — the Sleezy Cheezy burger is to die for) with a couple Indonesian dishes. As a bonus, all of their vegetables, fruits, meats, and poultry come from organic local farmers.
This trendy spot tends to be busy, so reserve a table in advance (especially if you decide to come here for dinner). Watercress takes pride in their food, usually locally sourced ingredients to be as sustainable as possible. Their seafood is delivered daily from the Canggu coast, the chicken is organic and sourced from Java, and the meat is imported from Australia and New Zealand. Their restaurant spans two floors, with vaulted ceilings and an open air concept right on Monkey Forest Road. The decor is simplistic, with a dash of that hipster feel we all love, in the form of brick walls and unique light fixtures. Come for the live music in the evenings, every Friday and Saturday night from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., while indulging in a carefully crafted meal and a specialty cocktail.
Yellow Flower Cafe
This organic food cafe is situated next to Intuitive Flow yoga studio. This open air spot has views of the famous Campuhan Ridge and allows a constant breeze to cool you off while you eat. Yellow Flower supports local organic farmers and also uses ingredients from their own garden. Their main goal is to provide healthy food, so they only use coconut oil to cook with, they serve rice that’s organically grown in fertile volcanic soil in Bali, they don’t use any synthetic flavor enhancers or cook with aluminum cookware, and they only use locally grown village palm nectar, as large palm plantations are big contributors to the destruction of Indonesia’s rainforests.
Sample some wild luwak coffee or try the traditional Balinese drinks, which often use turmeric as the main ingredient and have various benefits including being an anti-inflammatory and helping with digestion. Their menu includes plenty of breakfast options (the F.A.T., which is rustic bread topped with feta, avocado and caramelized tomatoes, was superb!), salads, and Asian fusion mains.
Zest is Ubud in a nutshell: beautiful, healthy, relaxing, and fresh. All ingredients are locally sourced from organic farmers, local artisans, and even some of the staff. So much love is put into every dish, from the way it’s cooked to the beautiful and colorful presentation. Tucked away on a quiet road above the jungles of Ubud, Zest also offers killer views and a spacious set up with plenty of cozy couches to lounge on and outdoor seating amongst lotus ponds, luscious greenery, and trickling fountains. The menu has a variety of unique and innovative dishes, all plant-based and vegan. Non-vegans don’t be deterred, you definitely won’t feel like you’re missing out on anything after tasting the amazing food at Zest.
Kafe is a go-to for many, as it’s centrally located, comfortable, and has an expansive menu. Like many places on this list, Kafe is 100% natural, organic, and uses only local ingredients. They also specialize in juices and smoothies, perfect for those looking to detox in Ubud. While they have a variety of vegan, vegetarian and gluten-free options, Kafe still caters to the carnivores if you’re hankering for some bacon or something cheesy.
Alchemy focuses on offering superfoods that are organic and nutritious. Many come here for their superb salad bar: get a large bowl and fill it with a variety of toppings and dressings. This 100% raw vegan spot is another opportunity to sample some delicious meatless dishes that are so good, they might start to convince you to convert to vegetarianism. As can be expected, Alchemy is also environmentally friendly to keep in line with their goal of sustainability and health. They also have a shop that sells organic cosmetics, home-made snacks, raw nuts and seeds, supplements, spices, and more.
This idyllic cafe is right in the middle of Ubud town center on Monkey Forest road. Everything about Art Cafe is cute and rustic, from its yellow tile floors and turquoise door, to its framed art pieces that cover the walls and mismatched sofas and chairs. They serve up a variety of both western dishes and Asian dishes, including salads, pastas, and a few Thai and Balinese options. They have live music on Tuesdays and during the weekend, along with happy hour every day from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. with a buy one get one free deal on select cocktails.
Earth Cafe & Market
Both a cafe and a shop, Earth Cafe is attached to the Paradiso Ubud movie theater. The upstairs cafe has an open-air design where you can get cozy in one of their little nooks. Their entire menu is vegan and based on macrobiotic principles, so it’s mostly organic and also ethically and traditionally prepared. They don’t use GMOs, flavor enhancers, or MSG, so you can be sure that your food is completely natural and for the most part, healthy. Their extensive menu has breakfast bowls, smoothie bowls, unique breakfast dishes like a black rice porridge and buckwheat pancakes, salads, soups, sandwiches and wraps, pizza, and various dinner platters as well.
If you want the quintessential Ubud dining experience, head to Dragonfly Cafe. Overlooking rice paddies sprinkled with palm trees and Balinese houses, you can lounge on floor cushions and soak in the beautifully green vibes and refreshing breeze. The menu is entirely vegetarian with gluten-free and vegan options at the ready. Order one of their breakfasts, salads, soups or other mains, including a tempe burger, paella, and pizza.
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